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Upcoming Torch Lake Area Events

07may01octSmall Works Holiday Exhibition - Call For Entry(may 7) 9:00 am - (october 1) 5:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

24may11:00 am24jul5:00 pmArt Exhibit | Passionate Reality: Life in Full ColorThrough the imaginative colors and bold brush strokes of six Northern Michigan artists, Passionate Reality: Life in Full Color presents a world that is full of life, energy, vibrancy, and passion.(may 24) 11:00 am - (july 24) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City

24mayAll Day24julArt Exhibit | Essential Cargo: Explorations in Hand-Built CeramicUsing hand-built techniques, bold colors, and nontraditional ceramic textures, Leipski aims to evoke a sense of nostalgia, whimsy, and the surreal.(All Day) Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City

28may(may 28)9:00 am19aug(aug 19)3:00 pmFood Is Art / Art Is Food(may 28) 9:00 am - (august 19) 3:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

31may12:00 amAlden Dinky Doors"Dinky Doors" have appeared in Alden, Michigan!(may 31) 12:00 am Alden, Michigan

Torch Lake To Do’s

Torch Lake is a Water Lover's Paradise

Beaches, boats, where to eat...everything you need to enjoy paradise!

Drive, Paddle or Hike This Torch Lake Fall Color Tour

Gorgeous any time of the year, this tour is particularly beautiful in the fall when the lake is even more blue against the vibrant colors of autumn. Stop in beautiful Alden along the way.

Take a Gorgeous Torch Lake Region Blossom Tour

This tour through rolling hills, farmland and along the coast of the brilliant blue hues of Torch Lake is a winner in any season. But when the blossoms are in bloom, it's not to be missed.

Torch Lake Area Restaurants


Torch Lake Area Restaurants

Grab a Seat on the Deck at Dockside

Waterside views, great food, a summer vibe that always delivers.

Torch Lake Cafe

Burgers, BBQ, salmon, great food made from scratch with lots of live music.

Start the Day at the Muffin Tin

Morning is perfect with the Muffin Tin's muffins and scones, but don't hesitate to come 'round again for lunch!

Antrim County Outdoors

Check Out Glacial Hills Pathway for Mountain Biking

You'll find 30 miles of intermediate and advanced trails with good elevation, just outside Bellaire.

Get Outdoors in Antrim County!

From freshwater bliss to magnificent hiking and world-class golf, the Antrim region has an outdoor experience for you.

Explore Grass River Natural Area

Learn about the North's wetlands and wildlife while finding the solace of the beautiful Grass River tails.

Epic One-Day Hike in the Jordan Valley Pathway

Whether you do the entire pathway in a day or just a part, you'll be rewarded with gorgeous views, serene forest trails and a river running through it all.

Start at Shanty Creek in Bellaire and Just Keep Going

Golf 11 diverse courses all a short drive from Bellaire.

Fish the Jordan River, a Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream

Cast 33 miles of Michigan's first river named a National Wild and Scenic River. Brookies, browns and, of course, spring steelhead.

Antrim County Activities Directory

Antrim County Craft Drink

Torch Lake Tour is Newest Tasting Trail

Sip wine, beer, ciders and cocktails at craft breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries around Torch Lake.

Short's Brewing Co.'s 2019 Releases

A new flagship beer, Juicy Brut, along with other Short's favorites top the list at this outstanding brewery in Bellaire.

Mammoth Distillery Tasting Room Near Torch Lake

Local fruits and fresh botanicals give flavor to Mammoth spirits.

Taste the Local Flavor of Bee Well Mead and Cidery

The VanSice siblings who started Bee Well grew up in Bellaire and their ties and commitment to local farmers and the local harvest can be tasted in every sip.

Meet the Spirited People Behind Ethanology in Elk Rapids

Dedicated to local farmers and forests, it is all local goodness that goes into Ethanology's Eros Summer Gin.

Short's Head Brewer, Tony Hansen, Talks Starcut Cider

Commmitted to region's fruits, Tony Hansen talks local fruit and the keys to a really good cider.

Antrim County Craft Drink Directory

Torch Lake Area Hotels & Vacation Rentals


Up North Kids

Summer Camps for Kids

These Northern Michigan summer camps embrace a love of the outdoors and the arts.

Endless Summer Family Fun

There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. 

Best Beaches For Kids

We asked our readers to share their favorite spots to take young children to cool off (bonus points for places with playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic tables). These are their picks for best Northern Michigan beaches for kids.

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Traverse City (even on rainy days!)

From exploring the Children's Museum to family-friendly wineries, Traverse City offers endless options for kids and families!

Best Biking For Kids

Sometimes difficult terrain or cars zipping by can make riding too difficult for kids. Read on for our picks of the best Northern Michigan bike trails for kids.

Make It a Day on Mackinac Island

Forts, fudge, biking the island and horse-drawn carriage rides. It's kid heaven...and parents love it, too!

Torch Lake Homes

Northern Michigan Weddings

An Enchanting Castle Farms Wedding

25 Beautiful, Unique Northern Michigan Wedding Ideas

Breathtaking Barn Wedding (with Bill Laimbeer!)

Outdoor Wedding at Boyne Mountain

Work In Northern Michigan

Jobs in Northern Michigan

Start a Business

Find a Company

Cool Companies

Living in Northern Michigan

Health and Fitness

Home and Cottage Ideas, Entertaining, Life at Home

Kids in the North: Outdoors, Health, Schools & More

Financial Planning, Millenials to Retirement

Northern Michigan Nonprofits, How to Give Back

Northern Michigan History

Holidays Up North

Northern Michigan Weddings

Map of Torch Lake


Great Reads, Celebrating Northern Michigan

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Northern Michigan's Magazine

For more than four decades, Traverse has been capturing the beauty, people, outdoor recreation, local food and drink, events, entrepreneurial spirt and sense of community found in Northern Michigan...from Ludington to Traverse City, Petoskey to Mackinac Island and onto the Upper Peninsula.

Northern Home & Cottage

For The Way You Live Up North

Life is lived a bit differently at our Northern Michigan homes. We hang on screen porches and bring in sand between our toes. We entertain friends and family and put in bunk beds for grandkids. Mud season is real. And views of every kind are maximized. Find your Northern Michigan home ideas!


For Couples Who Love Northern Michigan

Everything you need to plan your perfect Northern Michigan wedding. Packed with ideas, gorgeous wedding stories, resources and more.

Northern Michigan Vacation Guide

Over 100 pages of fun throughout Northern Michigan. Food, beer, wine, events, shopping, lodging and all-day outdoor fun including Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Grand Traverse County, Emmet County, Leelanau County, Benzie County and Charlevoix County.


Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan has an incredibly vibrant nonprofit community. Read about Northern Michigan nonprofits that are making a difference and then volunteer or donate!


On the Town at the Traverse City Film Festival

This guide to the Traverse City Film Festival is the one to tuck under your arm to enjoy the festival and everything in between your movie choices. Find fun insider tips, where to grab a quick lunch and much more.

Estate & Financial Planning

Your Northern Michigan Guide to a Secure Financial Future

Whether you're a millenial just starting out or retiring to your dream spot in Northern Michigan, this region's experts have excellent advice for how to ensure your financial future so you get to live your best life Up North!


Ideas to Make Your Up North Meeting Great

Northern Michigan professional meetings and conferences take on their own personality when you add a gorgeous, relaxed environment and fun ways to bond with peers.

Inspired Life

Living Better after 55 in Northern Michigan

Life in Northern Michigan after age 55 is truly inspired. Find ways to get outside for health and fitness, ways to volunteer, navigate the health system, find community and more.